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London Riots 2011: Protesters Use BlackBerry Messenger; Hackers Back Them

Published: August 9, 2011 / Author: Ned Potter

The following is an excerpt from ABC News
that quotes
D’Arcy, assistant professor of information technology management, about hackers
backing the London protesters. To read the article visit:
 London Riots 2011: Protesters Use BlackBerry Messenger; Hackers Back Them.

The riots raging across north London have been fueled, in part, by the use of BlackBerry
Messenger. When BlackBerry’s parent company
promised to cooperate with British police, its Inside BlackBerry blog was promptly
hacked by protesters.

Credit for the hacking was claimed by a group
that calls itself TeaMp0isoN. It has been linked to other shadowy groups, such
as Lulz Security and Anonymous, which have taken credit for breaking into the
websites of police departments, the U.S. Senate, the CIA, Sony’s PlayStation
network and Citibank.

John D’Arcy states that: “Given the ease
and anonymity with which these attacks can be conducted and the jurisdiction
issues, it is likely that the bad guys will remain in the driver’s seat for the
foreseeable future.


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